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   The Lord is good to those who  wait for Him

                La 3:1-42                                  9/7/08 a.m.

 

1wait \ˈwāt\ vb

[ME, fr. AF waiter, guaiter to watch over, await, of Gmc origin; akin to OHG wahta watch, OE w+ccan to watch — more at wake] vt 14c

1           to stay in place in expectation of await 〈waited the result of the advertisement —W. M. Thackeray〉 〈wait your turn〉

2           to delay serving (a meal)

3           to serve as waiter for 〈wait tables〉 vi

1     a      to remain stationary in readiness or expectation 〈wait for a train〉

     b      to pause for another to catch up — usu. used with up

2     a      to look forward expectantly 〈just waiting to see his rival lose〉

     b      to hold back expectantly 〈waiting for a chance to strike〉

3           to serve at meals — usu. used in such phrases as wait on tables or wait on table

4     a      to be ready and available 〈slippers waiting by the bed〉

     b      to remain temporarily neglected or unrealized 〈the chores can wait〉 [1]

The Prophet’s Anguish and Hope

 

Jeremiah proposes his own experience under afflictions, as an example as to how the Jews should behave under theirs, so as to have hope of a restoration;[2]

La 3:1-42

 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.

his own in the dungeon of Malchiah

2     He has led me and made me walk

     In darkness and not in light.  

calamity & not prosperity

3     Surely He has turned His hand against me

     Time and time again throughout the day.

4     He has aged  my flesh and my skin,

     And  broken my bones.

5         He has besieged me     

mounds, as against a besieged city, so as to allow none to escape

     And surrounded me with bitterness and woe     

hardship or weariness.

6     He has set me in dark places

     Like the dead of long ago.

7     He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out;

     He has made my chain heavy.

literally, “chain of brass

8     Even when I cry and shout,

     He shuts out my prayer.

9         He has blocked my ways with hewn stone;

 as not to admit of being broken through.

 

He has made my paths crooked.    

            thwarted our plans and efforts so that none went right.

 

10      He has been to me a bear lying in wait,

     Like a lion in ambush.

11     He has turned aside my ways and  torn me in pieces;

     He has made me desolate.

12     He has bent His bow

     And  set me up as a target for the arrow.

13        He has caused  the arrows of His quiver   

literally, “sons” of His quiver

 

     To pierce my loins.

14        I have become the  ridicule of all my people—

Jeremiah herein was a type of Messiah

 

      Their taunting song all the day.

15     He has filled me with bitterness,

     He has made me drink wormwood.

16        He has also broken my teeth 

with gravel, referring to the grit that often mixes with bread baked in ashes, as is the custom of baking in the East

     And covered me with ashes.

17     You have moved my soul far from peace;

     I have forgotten prosperity.   

Not only present, but all hope of future prosperity is removed; so much so, that I am as one who never was prosperous) (“I forgat prosperity”.

 

18     And I said, “My strength and my hope

     Have perished from the Lord.”    

that is, my hope derived from Him

 

19     Remember my affliction and roaming,

     The wormwood and the gall.

This gives the reason why he gave way to the temptation to despair

20     My soul still remembers

 And sinks within me.    

As often as my soul calls them to remembrance, it is humbled or bowed down in me

 

21        This I recall to my mind,

Therefore I have  hope.   

His very weakness gives him hope of God interposing His strength for him

22     Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,

     Because His compassions  fail not.

23     They are new  every morning;

     Great is Your faithfulness.

24     “The Lord is my  portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore I  hope in Him!”   

To have God for our portion is the one only foundation of hope

25     The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,

     To the soul who seeks Him.

26     It is good that one should  hope  and wait quietly

For the salvation of the Lord.

that is, to be patiently quiet under afflictions, resting in the will of God

27     It is good for a man to bear

The yoke in his youth.

yoke—of the Lord’s disciplinary teaching (Ps 90:12; 119:71). Calvin interprets it, The Lord’s doctrine (Mt 11:29, 30), which is to be received in a docile spirit. The earlier the better; for the old are full of prejudices (Pr 8:17; Ec 12:1). Jeremiah himself received the yoke, both of doctrine and chastisement in his youth (Je 1:6, 7).[3]

(The repetition of “good” at the beginning of each of the three verses heightens the effect.)

28     Let him sit alone and keep silent,

     Because God has laid it on him;

The fruit of true docility and patience. He does not fight against the yoke (Je 31:18; Ac 9:5), but accommodates himself to it.

alone— The child of God, in the absence of any witness, “alone,” silently submits to the will of God.

borne it upon him—that is, because He (the Lord, La 3:26) hath laid it on him”

29     Let him put his mouth in the dust—

The mouth in the dust is the attitude of suppliant and humble submission to God’s dealings as righteous and loving in design (compare Ezr 9:6; 1Co 14:25).

     There may yet be hope.

 

if so be there may be hope—This does not express doubt as to whether God be willing to receive the penitent, but the penitent’s doubt as to himself; he whispers to himself this consolation, “Perhaps there may be hope for me.”

30     Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,

     And be full of reproach.

Messiah, the Antitype, fulfilled this; His practice agreeing with His precept (Is 50:6; Mt 5:39). Many take patiently afflictions from God, but when man wrongs them, they take it impatiently. The godly bear resignedly the latter, like the former, as sent by God (Ps 17:13).

31     For the Lord will not cast off forever.

True repentance is never without hope (Ps 94:14).

32     Though He causes grief,

     Yet He will show compassion

     According to the multitude of His mercies.

The punishments of the godly are but for a time.

33     For  He does not afflict willingly,

     Nor grieve the children of men.

He does not afflict any willingly (literally, “from His heart,” that is, as if He had any pleasure in it, Ez 33:11), much less the godly (Heb 12:10).

34     To crush under one’s feet

     All the prisoners of the earth,

35     To turn aside the justice due a man

     Before the face of the Most High,

36     Or subvert a man in his cause—

      The Lord does not approve.

God approves, not of such unrighteous acts;

37     Who is he  who speaks and it comes to pass,

     When the Lord has not commanded it?

Who is it that can (as God, Ps 33:9) effect by a word anything, without the will of God?

38     Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

     That  woe and well-being proceed?

Calamity and prosperity alike proceed from God

 

Job 2:10; 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks.  Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”  In all this Job did not  sin with his lips.

Is 45:7; 7     I form the light and create darkness,

     I make peace and  create calamity;

     I, the Lord, do all these things.

 

Am 3:6 6     If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid?

     If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?

39     Why should a living man complain,

      A man for the punishment of his sins?

 Having a time given by God for repentance;

 

If sin were punished as it deserves, life itself would be forfeited by the sinner.

 

“Complaining” (murmuring) ill becomes him who enjoys such a favor as life (Pr 19:3).

 

Instead of blaming God for his sufferings, he ought to recognize in them God’s righteousness and the just rewards of his own sin.

40        Let   us    search   out and examine our ways,

Jeremiah and his fellow countrymen in their calamity.

 

search—as opposed to the torpor wherewith men rest only on their outward sufferings, without attending to the cause of them (Ps 139:23, 24).

     And turn back to the Lord;

41     Let us lift our hearts and hands

     To God in heaven.

heart with … hands—the antidote to hypocrisy (Ps 86:4; 1Ti 2:8).

42     We have transgressed and rebelled;

     You have not pardoned.

The Babylonian captivity had not yet ended.

The Lord’s message

24     “The Lord is my  portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore I  hope in Him!”  

25     The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,

     To the soul who seeks Him.

26     It is good that one should  hope  and wait quietly

     For the salvation of the Lord.

To have God for our portion is the one only foundation of hope

 

God is good to those that are patiently quiet under afflictions, resting in the will of God


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\ə\ abut \ə\ kitten, F table \ər\ further \a\ ash \ā\ ace \ä\ mop, mar

\au̇\ out \ch\ chin \e\ bet \ē\ easy \g\ go \i\ hit \ī\ ice \j\ job

\ŋ\ sing \ō\ go \ȯ\ law \ȯi\ boy \th\ thin \ṯẖ\ the \ü\ loot \u̇\ foot

\y\ yet \zh\ vision, beige \ḵ, n, œ, ue, y\ see Guide to Pronunciation

vb verb

ME Middle English

fr from

AF Anglo-French

Gmc Germanic

OHG Old High German

OE Old English

c century

usu usually

[1]Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. Includes index. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc.

[2]Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., Fausset, A. R., Brown, D., & Brown, D. (1997). A commentary, critical and explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. On spine: Critical and explanatory commentary. (La 3:1). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[3]Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., Fausset, A. R., Brown, D., & Brown, D. (1997). A commentary, critical and explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. On spine: Critical and explanatory commentary. (La 3:27). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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